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Baja Designs – Jonesin’ for a Win

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

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August 21st, 2013 – San Marcos, CA – Baja Designs would like to congratulate competitors of the 2013 General Tire Vegas to Reno, with a special thanks to Team Enlightened and their chase crews.

From the lights of the Las Vegas strip to the high desert of Reno, Nevada, this year’s General Tire Vegas to Reno challenged some of the best drivers the off road racing industry has to offer. Five hundred and fifty miles across the Mojave Desert at temperatures reaching upwards of 108 degrees gave everyone a run for their money. The longest off road race in the United States, Vegas to Reno claims its fair share of casualties. Read More→

  • Find out what it takes to win the General Tire Vegas to Reno race here.
  • Team GT will rely on red letter GRABBER’s to get them to the finish line.

12bitd v2r freitas pr 001 220x146 Born From Competition, the GRABBER Tire Continues to ShineFort Mill, SC – August 16, 2013.  Noted as the longest off-road race in the U.S., the General Tire Vegas to Reno race provides a platform for General Tire to showcase their signature red letter GRABBER tire which was born from competition.  Originally developed in the desert, the GRABBER tire, and its technologies, transcend the race course and are available to consumers at dealerships across the country.  But it was a lengthy process, and labor of love, to bring the GRABBER to life.

“Once we began testing the GRABBER tire, we spent a couple years in the desert refining the technologies,” said Tony Talbert, tuning key account manager for General Tire.  “We modified the tire two to three times until it worked well in the desert before bringing it to the street.” Read More→

scaled e1344486893 Impact and MasterCraft Safety Go All In With Best In The Desert

Best In The Desert (BITD) continues to set entry records with every race, and Impact by MasterCraft Safety has taken notice.  The ink is still drying on their commitment to be the presenting sponsor of the “BlueWater Parker 425 Presented by Impact” for 2014 and beyond.  “We welcome Impact on board as the presenting sponsor of one of the most prestigious events in the world for desert off-road competition,” said BITD promoter Casey Folks recently.  “They join some of the leading brands in helping make our series the largest, entry-wise, of any long distance off-road series. Impact’s products help keep our racers safe – the number one priority in my world.” Read More→

Athletes who took victories in limited open-wheeled cars and big V8-powered trucks say winning races has become more about intense full-speed, all-out racing.

 2012 FOX off road desert championships push and test limits of man and machineEL CAJON, Calif.  While no one would ever call off-road desert racing easy, its evolution has seen the races become more challenging and strenuous on both the drivers and the equipment. The long and diverse list of 2012 championship-winning athletes show what it takes to win in some of the most demanding racing styles in the world.

Running everything from 68-horsepower 1/2-1600 cars to 800-horsepower trick trucks, each class of off-road race vehicle has its own unique demands. This year’s desert champions relied on their suspension systems, among other things, to outperform the competition. Read More→

Racers will use Geolandar® tires to tackle ‘the longest off-road race in the U.S.’

Cameron Steele in action at 2012 Baja 500 220x182 Yokohama Tire Corporation Sponsored Off Roaders Cameron and Heidi Steele Gearing up for ‘Vegas to Reno’ Race, August 16 18FULLERTON, CA. – (Aug. 14, 2012) – Yokohama Tire Corporation-sponsored Cameron and Heidi Steele – the husband and wife team known as “off-road racing’s power couple” – will be back in action at the Best in the Desert’s 534-mile “Vegas to Reno” race, August 16-18. Cameron and Heidi will tackle “the longest off-road race in the U.S.” on Geolandar® tires.

Heidi, whose five off-road season championships include a 2008 Best in the Desert title, will be competing in her second race this year after becoming a mother in March. She placed second in June’s Baja 500 in a Ford Ranger equipped with off-the-shelf Geolandar M/T+® tires. She’ll be competing on the same tires in the 7200 Class at the Vegas to Reno contest. Read More→

e1314319297 Freitas Offroad Motorsports Comes From The Back To Finish First In Class 1 At Vegas To Reno
In only his second season racing in Best In The Desert’s unlimited ranks, Garrick Freitas has made his presence known by winning the TSCO Vegas to Reno race.  Winning in desert racing’s premier Class 1500 and coming in 2nd overall out of 298 vehicles in the longest off-road race in America was anything but easy though.  Freitas was still harboring demons from last year’s Vegas to Reno event.  In 2010 Garrick was running at the front of the pack when he cart wheeled his Jimco Champion less than 100 miles from the finish line.  Read More→
e1314198797 John Swift and Steve Olliges Take The Bronze At Vegas To Reno
John Swift and Steve Olliges knew that competition would be tough for the 2011 Best In The Desert Vegas to Reno race when over 250 drivers tossed their hat in the ring.  The entry list for the longest desert race in America included 27 competitors in the marquee Trick Truck class, all vying with the No. 28 BFGoodrich / MasterCraft Safety truck of Swift and Olliges.  The event started with tech and contingency, where the biggest buzz was not about their unlimited Trick Truck, but Olliges’ beautiful ’79 Ford F150 that will be campaigned in Best In The Desert’s Class 8 starting at the Bluewater Desert Challenge in October.   “The truck really resonates with people, young and old, who appreciate desert racing’s rich heritage,” Olliges noted. Read More→

PreVegastoReno 150x111 Torchmate Racing Mike Shaffer Chases Season Title at BITD Vegas to Reno

RENO, NV     AUGUST 17, 2011   Mike Shaffer and the Shaffer-Motorsports Team will run the longest offroad race in the US on Friday  August 19th; the TSCO Best in the Desert Vegas to Reno race.  The team is currently in third place, only 10 points out of first in the Class 1000 series.  Their goal is to improve on the third place finish that they had at the Silver State 300 and move closer to the Best in the Desert series Class 1000 win.  “We have had a solid season so far, and look to continue pushing to the front of the pack at this race,” said Mike Shaffer, driver of record and owner of Shaffer’s Offroad.

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Roger Norman New Look at BITD Vegas to Reno

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Norman 11570 150x99 Roger Norman New Look at BITD Vegas to RenoRoger Norman Qualifies 18th Overall, 10th in Class

RENO, NV     AUGUST 17, 2011  –  Roger Norman and Jake Velasco qualified in the #8 Wide Open Excursions, Crystal Bay Casino Class 1400 Trick Truck for the longest race on US Soil, the Best in the Desert Vegas to Reno that starts at 9:30am Friday August 19th.  On Wednesday, Norman qualified taking the 18th starting position, and 10th in the class of 28 Trick Trucks. “We had a clean run today with no issues and qualified mid-pack,” said Roger Norman after racing in 107’ Las Vegas heat.  “This is a long and dusty race across the Nevada desert, and we wanted to start out front, but would rather start with a truck that we didn’t have to work on tonight.” Read More→

MML 52461 Lasher Motorsports heads to the BITD Vegas to Reno Race this weekend!This weekend the Lasher Motorsports team heads to Las Vegas, NV for the TSCO Vegas to Reno Race.   Sitting 3rd in the points championship the Lasher Motorsports teams is looking to improve their position at Vegas to Reno.The team has used the off season to focus on improving their Kawasaki Teryx.  Since the Blue Water Grand Prix in April the team has completely gone through the car not leaving one nut or bolt untouched.  A fresh 916cc V-twin from Muzzy’s was installed and the XMF suspension and Walker Evens shocks were freshened up to tackle the 554 miles of Nevada Desert that the team will face on Friday. Read More→

Vegas to Reno Ultra4 Winner Finishes KOH 2010

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

2010 02 sacalas 300x199 Vegas to Reno Ultra4 Winner Finishes KOH 2010

RIVERSIDE, CA February 17, 2010:  Kevin Sacalas was one of only 43 drivers out of 100 to successfully complete the 2010 Griffin King of the Hammers race held in Johnson Valley on February 12th.  King of the Hammers was Sacalas’ 2nd race to date driving his #4435 rock racing vehicle which fans have affectionately named “The Big Ugly.”  Sacalas built The Big Ugly in his garage in the summer of 2009 and debuted the vehicle racing as Team Viking Offroad at Best in the Desert’s Vegas to Reno: The Long Way: a punishing 3-day one thousand mile race in which Sacalas took 1st place in the Ultra4 class.

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